So far, around 100,000 people have signed up for a health insurance plan under Obamacare. On the other hand, about 5 million people have lost their health insurance plan due to Obamacare. I think it’s safer to say that -4.9 million people have signed up. We’ll work our way up to positive territory before victory is declared.
Obamacare is working as designed aside from a disastrous website which will inevitably be “fixed,” whatever that means.
So why the complete lack of interest by the supposed 20 to 30 million uninsured Americans who were so desperately seeking any shred of health insurance they could get their hands on? It’s very simply actually. Here’s an insane thought but maybe a good number of those 20 to 30 million “uninsured” Americans are doing just fine and either don’t need or don’t want to spend a few thousand extra per year for health insurance. It was, after all, an optional purchase.
Consider it from another angle. The President repeatedly stated over and over again, “if you like your health care plan, you can keep it.” Why would the President have to make such a concession if the vast majority of Americans hated their plans and were clamoring for something different? Seems to me that would have been the wrong thing to say if you’e trying to convince Americans their health care system is broken.
In fact, if you have to sell a government program by assuring people it won’t affect them in any way, isn’t that admitting the majority of people don’t want it from the beginning?
One can only conclude it was the effect of Obama supporters thinking to themselves, “well my insurance is fine, but we need this plan to help millions of other people who want insurance but can’t afford it.” In reality, they were convinced of a need that never existed.
The proof of that is in the enrollment numbers. About 100,000 signed up for a private insurance plan using some form of an Obamacare exchange, either state or federal. Compare this with the nearly 400,000 who signed up for Medicaid using some form of the Obamacare exchange. The results speak for themselves. Many low-income Americans wanted insurance but were unaware they qualified for Medicaid. Thus, the Obamacare exchanges steered them in that direction.
So what are we left with? We have a healthcare overhaul that has no possible path for hitting the needed target of 7 million new health insurance customers by March, 2014. That means the plan itself is already insolvent and already going bankrupt less than 60 days after the enrollment began.
It’s a pity not one elected official who supported Obamacare ever heard of eHealthInsurance.com before casting their vote. The site was founded in 1997 and in 1998, “its technology was responsible for the nation’s first Internet-based sale of a health insurance policy.” Gee, that sounds familiar. An online marketplace where you can easily compare health insurance plans available in your state. Once again, the private sector was about 15 years ahead of the federal government in giving consumers access to choice and information. As someone who used eHealthInsurance.com a few years ago to purchase a private policy, I can attest to how easy it was at that time to shop and compare health insurance available to me. No $600 million failed government website necessary.
I believe we’re witnessing the beginning of the end to this disastrous takeover of one-sixth of our economy. None of the promises made could have ever been kept and the administration knew it. Thus, they were lies to win a political campaign and the victims be damned.